There are fewer things in life right now that make me happier than this rack of pork from Costco. At Thanksgiving, my husband and I went on a search for them. We asked the butcher at Costco if he thought they were going to be available this year, and he said no. Last year was the first year I discovered it, sitting there on the selves of our beloved Costco. It looked seasoned like a pro, ready to just be put in the oven and enjoyed. It looked like a rack that you didn’t want to take the time to do on your own, so I was very excited to only have to put it in the oven. Then we got home, cooked it, sliced it and it was perfection.

Yesterday, my husband sent me a Facebook message. Yes, we were in the same room, how we communicate is none of your business. One of our friends, who lives in Temecula, which is about two hours from here, had the rack. We immediately sprung into action, we disregarded any human needs, like showers, coffee, etc., and got into the car. We decided we would try a different Costco than our normal one. This one is less crowded, and they had better chances of having it. We entered the store we started looking at all the shiny objects up front. There is very little that gets me more excited than seeing ’noise-canceling blue tooth headphones.’ We looked at Sony, Bose, etc. My dream one of these days is to afford those new AirPods Maxes.

Out of the corner of my I looked down into a strangers cart, don’t worry friends, I kept a safe distance, and she didn’t see me. I saw what looked like a rack in the correct container. “We have to run.” I said to my husband. We don’t run. We are not running people. We didn’t run, but we picked up our step a little. I looked in the case but I saw a beef roast, it was not the one I was looking for.

“Is this it?” He asked.

“Look at the price?” The price was approx. $150 for the roast. I motioned to keep looking. “We have to find the pork section.” I said. We kept looking. Then I saw it. A woman had her cart next to all of my racks. My Racks! I’ve been waiting months to get my hands on these racks. She left and I slid in as quick as I could. The reality of how many racks I wanted to get and the amount of money in my bank account, and room in or freezer did not match up. I wished I was back on my grandparents farm where they had a stand-alone freezer, I would have gotten one of those flatbed carts and bought all of the racks. Now that I’m thinking, maybe next year I need to start a GoFundMe for these. I picked out three racks of pork, two were for us and one was for my mother-in-law.

A few minutes later we were at Von’s, the grocery store. We went down the rice, aisle. I know, I know, I’m diabetic and shouldn’t be having rice. We stumbled upon the rice-a-roni! When I’m feeling down, sick, or just missing my mother I love to get broccoli rice au gratin. It’s delicious and inexpensive. Usually, they have deals where you can get five boxes for like five dollars. We searched, but they didn’t have exactly what I wanted. I went to my trust google and googled recipes for it. It turns out that it is not only rice but it has orzo pasta in it too. We bought the frozen cauliflower rice at Costco, so what if I used that instead of orzo. We did buy some elbow macaroni, so I could make mac and cheese for my husband for Christmas, and since we were in the pasta section I looked at the grams of carbs in orzo and it was something like 42 grams. I was already letting myself have rice, at least I could lessen the carbs by using cauliflower for some of it.

When we got home I messaged a friend who lives in the same building and asked her if she wanted to taste my rack……of pork. I told her to be over around 5:30 pm. I looked at my watch, it said this roast would take almost two hours, so I put the oven on three hundred and twenty-five degrees, put my Meater thermometer in and put it in the oven.

Costco Rack of Pork
Costco Rack of Pork

Then I chopped half an onion and sautéed that with three cloves of garlic in about a tablespoon of butter. Meanwhile, I cooked two cups of rice in a pot. I then added in one package frozen cauliflower rice in the onion and garlic mixture. I sautéed that for a bit and added finely chopped broccoli to the pan. Once the rice was done I added it, chicken broth, half and half and cream cheese and I stirred it all until it got to a thick consistency, then I dumped in some grated Tillamook sharp cheddar.

Broccoli rice au gratin
Broccoli rice au gratin

As soon as the roast came out of the oven I let it rest. The Meater thermometer tells you exactly how long the meat should rest to reach your desired temperature. While the meat was resting, I put the roast in a pan and put it in the oven, but turned the heat off. I just wanted to keep it warm.

Once the meat was done resting I sliced it and voilà, we had dinner! It was everything it was cracked up to be. I’m so glad we found it, now our next mission is to empty as much as we can out of the freezer, so we can go and buy more!

Pork loin and broccoli rice au gratin
Pork loin and broccoli rice au gratin
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